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Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout - Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's

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Wolaver's Oatmeal StoutWolaver's Oatmeal Stout

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804 Ratings

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Ratings: 804
Reviews: 382
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 28
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 11-12-2003)
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Photo of wcudwight

North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black. No brown hues, no light, nothing. Just a pitch dark black. Thin head. Aroma of sweet, rich, dark, strong, coffee and brown sugar. Taste is exceptional. Sweet raosted malts. Strong coffee taste. Balanced by some hop character and spices. It has a nice velvety mouthfeel. Feels viscous and thick in the mouth. I wouldn't consider this a session brew because it is very filling. That aside it is very drinkable because it's so damn tasty. If this is Wolaver's first dark beer, I request many, many more.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2005 14:50:02 | More by wcudwight
Photo of unknownlamer

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 08/25/2005.

Pours a not quite black with ruby around the edges, and a fairly small brown head (my glass may have been to blame for that because it was accidentally run through the washer). It smells deliciously roasty.

The flavor is roasty with a bit of a chocolate taste. It has all of the stout flavor without a hugely bitter finish. It leaves a mild burnt taste in the mouth for a little while after swallowing. All in all really nice and smooth if a bit thinner than the taste would suggest (I noticed that the Pale Ale had a similar level of carbonation). I'll be getting this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2005 04:32:11 | More by unknownlamer
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wolaver’s Oatmeal Stout

The color’s a little on the light side, but it’s a nice shade of mahogany. Not much head at all.

Smells great. Great roasted character that is more chocolate than coffee, and the oatmeal really comes through.

Good roasting in the flavor with a great taste of oats. Again, the roasted flavor is more chocolate than coffee. Finishes with a strange but oddly pleasant hop and sour combination that follows nicely from the chocolate and leaves the palate eager for the next sip.

Fantastic in the mouth! A bit thick with plenty of carbonation that gets quite active when swallowing. A lot of fun.

This is a nice sipper. Playful, yet easy going. If there ever was a stout for warmer months, this is it.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2005 02:04:08 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Photo of BrewMan13

New York

3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was a little excited to get this as its ~4.0 rated beer here and very reasonable price-wise <$7/6pack. Anyway, it pours out slightly lighter then your typical stout...well, its mostly black with some high-lights on the edges. A fairly small head emerges when all is said and done. A burnt aroma is the only really noticeable smell.
My 1st impression with the taste is the burnt quality I noticed in the aroma. Reminds me a little of their Stovepipe-porter in that regard. Becomes less astringent at the end of the swallow. No hints of sweetness typical of oatmeal stouts. Mouthfeel is on the thin side as well for this type of stout. My personal favorites of the style are Anderson valley barney flats (due to its robustness) and Samuel Smith's (for its flavor). But this one falls flat compared to those. Still a fairly enjoyable beer, but nothing to set it apart. TBH, I'm surprised its a ~4.0 beer, as it pretty much comes up a little short in most aspects.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2005 03:37:30 | More by BrewMan13
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3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 10/18/04, batch #1635

Pours black with hints of red around the edges. Little to no head. Smells strongly of roasted grain. Burnt toast, with a bit of coffee.

First taste is coffee. Roasted… no… BURNT grain. Medium to light body. Light for an oatmeal stout. Bitter, burnt flavor lingers long into the aftertaste and into the back of the mouth.

OK, but there are plenty of others in this category I prefer. Just being organic is not enough incentive for me to seek this out.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2005 21:42:32 | More by sacfly
Photo of Enola

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first reveiw so be patient. Bar none, this is the best beer I have ever drank. And I have drank a lot of beer, limited only (untill recently) by NC's 6% cap. As soon as this beer hits your mouth the roasted oatmeal comes alive. (pauses for another swig) Wow!! There is nothing but the sheer grace of a higher power coming from this bottle. If you have never treated yourself to a Wolavers please do so. When I am fortunate enough to have this beer in my refrigerator, the fridge smiles back at me. Too bad I have to drive an hour each way just to get this beer. But if that is what it takes.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2005 23:33:15 | More by Enola
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3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I held off buying this beer for some time because “Certified Organic” = Certified Lame in my book. Last night, however, I decided to overlook this hippie propaganda and try this beer.

It pours thin. The beer is a little bit too light in color. You can easily see through it compared to other stouts and has an unimpressive head.

Smells like wonderfully roasted, fresh coffee beans.

Tastes the same with some notes of toffee and chocolate. The finish is slightly bitter and consists of grassy or grainy hops.

Very Drinkable. Relatively full flavor but not heavy.

Will drink again sometime when I am in the mood for stout flavor without the sometimes hefty feel.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2005 21:05:47 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of LucaBrasi

New York

3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. Bottle has a bottled on date and a batch number. This beer pours what appears to be a deep brown, but when held up to the light tints of red glow through. A minimal head forms and disappears but laces the glass well. The smell is of chocolate and roasted goodness. The taste is much like the smell, hints of chocolate and just roasted. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated, but nice. It still seems a little light on the palate, but this is a good beer. After a few of these I would feel quite filled.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2005 05:17:39 | More by LucaBrasi
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3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a deep brown color with reddish notes. Tannish head was impressive. Smell is of toasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is pf toasted malt, coffee, and caramel with a nice dry bitterness. Fishished with a bitter malt flavor. A very good oatmeal stout

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2005 14:58:31 | More by tgbljb
Photo of Naes

New York

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is jet black and only shows the tiniest bit of brown around the edges when held up to the light. The head is a very light tan and is semi sticky and creamy.

The aroma is of oatmeal and chocolate, a powerful one at that.

The taste is a complex blend of malts and oatmeal. The aftertaste is a wonderful blend of chocolate and coffee. It is a great match to its aroma.

The beer is nicely carbonated, but is just a little bit watery for an oatmeal stout. It’s highly drinkable though, smooth yet flavorful.

Just as good as I remember it being last winter. Bottled about 3 months ago and still delicious.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2005 01:22:15 | More by Naes
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque black with a nice tan head that leaves good lacing down the glass. Aroma is oats, chocolate, molasses and a hing of fig. Taste is similar to the smell, big chocolate, coffee, molasses and oats flavor with a dark fruit and cream in the background. Mouthfeel really is velvety smooth (like it says on the label) with light carbonation, but a crisp and slightly bitter, dry finish that balances the sweetness of the beer well. Drinkability is descent, but its pretty filling (as an Oatmeal stout should be).

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2005 03:51:00 | More by silver0rlead
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4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled at 50 degrees from a bottle into a pint glass, it pours a very dark chestnut brown color with a ruby hue. It appears very clean with a 1/4" creamy, tan head that remains on top throughout the tasting in the form of a slight oily filmy layer.

Aroma is most pungeant (sp.). I smell mostly robust, brown roasted malts, with just a hint of smoke, along with slight molasses or caramel that pops through a little, and some almonds as well.

Taking a sip, I taste lots of sweet caramel malts, along with some toasted almonds, which before the swallow, gives way to some sweet cocoa flavors. The grainy oatmeal flavor does come through slightly before the swallow. Carbonation balances well, and it does not kill much of the flavor. Some slight hops even hits me a bit on the swallow (which is an afterthought "note").

The carbonation is nice throughout. However this isn't as creamy as I had thought it would be. Thinner than expected also.

Overall, a great tasting brew taht I enjoyed totally! Do not let a lesser feel rating scare you from this one...very tasty!

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2005 23:18:31 | More by Fish113d
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4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep dark brown with hints of red around the edges and a slight tan head that quickly fell. Fresh gound coffee, toasted malts and dark chocolate to the nose. The taste was of coffee, excellent toasted malt flavors, bittersweet chocolate and a slight hoppy bitterness at the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth, creamy, and not too thick. Very drinkable brew, if I do say so myself. This one is a definite winner.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2005 03:52:26 | More by soulfly967
Photo of Litterbean

New York

3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A good, dry stout. Pours a very dark brown, but still reddish and not totally dark, with a very thin head and minimal lace.

Nice coffee aroma. Real fresh coffee bean scent here, with roasted malts displayed prominently.

Real full-flavored coffee taste. Sweet cappuchino flavors. A real great stout taste, a superb rendition of the oatmeal variety. Sweet and yet bitter at the end, leafy earthy hop flavor at the tail end. Very well balanced.

A little chewy and oily at the end, with some tight carbonation. Good beer, I could have two or three at a time, then move on to something a bit lighter.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2005 07:32:29 | More by Litterbean
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4.95/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark brown with a decent brown head, good carbonation and some lace rings; poured "creamy"... Roasty, coffee, chocolate aroma and rich flavor .. a bit bittersweet but handles it nicely. Medium-full bodied, creamy, and smooth with a dry roasty bitter finish.

Excellent drinkability !!!

Per label: "Certified Organic" & "Organic Barley, Wheat, and Oats, Organic Hallertauer hops, Magnum and Cascade hops" & "98% Organic and 2% Non-Organic"

Bottled: 01/05/05 (Batch #1669)
Tasted: 04/14/05

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2005 15:58:36 | More by RBorsato
Photo of Shiredave

New York

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown color with a thick tan head that clings in streaks on the glass. Head slumps after a few minutes and dissapears.

Aroma is dessert - coffee and chocolate cake! Great chocolate malt aroma along side rich toffee notes and a hint of faint floral hop.

More chocolate and toffee flavors up front, smooth and lush from the first sip. Creamy oat texture and medium boidied mouth feel makes this a very drinkable stout.

My only complaint is a rough burnt grain aspect on the finish. Hop bittering is subdued but the burnt, bitter aftertaste is all from the grains I think. A very good example of the style overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2005 02:11:39 | More by Shiredave
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New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chowed down on a sprout sandwich with this one on 4/12/2005. 12-oz. bottle, dated 12/29/2004, poured in a shaker glass.

Mercury beads and sheeting initial covering falls down to just ghostly wisps. Dark brown hue, not black as expected, and can actually be seen through in less than 100% lighting – not accustomed to that in a stout; no discernible action. Real husky roasted oat on nose with some black licorice, thick molasses, and crispy toast crusts. Damnably fine tasting with a strong burnt caramel character, crunchy malt and beef jerky, and a light-medium body.

Despite my initial misgivings based on the appearance, I was happily surprised that this organic offering had such a full flavor – makes me wonder what the non-organic stouts are doing so wrong on more than a few occasions.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2005 14:41:44 | More by Truh
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a bottle of this from my friend Mr. Doyle's beer of the month shipment.
This poured a dissapointing head. It is dark brown in color and somewhat opaque. Smell is primarily coffee grounds. Now the tasting...now we are getting somewhere. The taste is of coffee and chocolate. Nice hop finish to cap a great taste. Mouthfeel is blissfully creamy and smooth. Has a somewhat high ABV for the style but it is not too much which makes this beer an extremely drinkable one. Unfortunately I do not have any more. Guess I'll have to find Otter Creek when Da Boss and I are in Vermont in October!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2005 23:40:58 | More by arizcards
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4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz screw-cap bottle thanks to Sulldaddy. Poured a finger-and-a-half light-brown or tan head over a pitch black liquid. Smelled of freshly roasted coffee beans with a noticalbe backdrop of chocolate. Like the chocolate covered coffee beans my mother sometimes buys. Very rich roasted coffee beans. Tasted Chocolate to start with some sweet. Then a rich sweet rolling in with a coffee and a silky smooth body. Oh boy, this is enjoyable. The end is a bit roasty dry with a *very* faint floral hop rising up. Can't put my finger on the particular hop, perhaps Fuggles. I wish there were more to this beer other than chocolate and coffee, but that's about all I get (mostly coffee). True, there of several different kinds of coffee that roll around, but no other flavors arise to take me on interesting rides. Very enjoyable and very rich and potent in flavor. Md-thick body with mild carbonation. Fantastic lacing on the inside of my glass with a film of head still hanging over the top of the liquid. Has a very nice lactose sweetness throughout that likely comes from the silky smooth oatmeal used to make this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2005 09:31:12 | More by mentor
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4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is very good as a session beer. A lot of people don't think of stouts this way but being a big fan of the stout it's pretty easy to throw a few down.

This beer poured up dark and almost root beer in color. The aroma is very sweet. The taste is sweet but slightly bitter in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth but a little this. After tasate simply makes you want another sip. Very successful for an organic brew. Tree Huggers will love this one! I'd definetly recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2005 23:57:19 | More by BCMan
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North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A beautiful tap pour yields a inky black brew wearing a cap of thick, luxurious milk chocolate colored foam. Head retention is remarkable and lacing is ridiculouly thick.

A full blown aroma of deeply roasted chocolatey malts, coffee bitterness, and vanilla creaminess. Smells like there's a liquified brownie in my glass!

Mmm, it's even tastier than it smells! In addition to the lush oatmeal stout flavors, there's a hint of oaky dryness, some dark dried fruit, malted milk balls, and oatmeal-raisin cookies.

The mouthfeel is smooth, thick, and creamy. Body is medium, and finish is balanced between bittersweet chocolate and a nip of floral hops. So good I had a second one!

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2005 15:17:37 | More by AlexJ
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a descent oatmeal stout. It pours a somewhat translucent dark brown, almost black. The head is rather minimal in size and does not last long. The smell is good, of nice malts. The taste is an odd blend of sweet and bitter, being unfortunately nothing special. The mouthfeel is rather good. While this is a beer certainly worth trying, there are far better ones out there to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2005 21:51:37 | More by BadBadger
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3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half-inch brown head, dense and regular on an opaque dark purple color. The smell gives a great impression of smoothness, with a deep chocolaty character, dry roaste coffee and a controlled fruity potential. Quite milky too. The taste is quite interesting and enjoyable too. A heavy malty chocolaty character, with also pronounced notes of roasted coffee. Light biting notes of citrus, lemon. A raspberry feeling. Hops appear, and stay on the tongue, with the mixed bitterness of the dry cocoa note. Mouthfeel is very smooth. It feels heavy at times but it is pretty drinkable. Not as velvety as one could expect from an oatmeal stout, but pretty enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2005 20:49:11 | More by tjd25
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3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured this into a regular pint glass and my first impression is that it looks lighter than the usual stout. A dark amber color generally, but it allows more light through it than many stouts I've had. The head is light brown with nice cavities and settles into a thin, but complete layer atop the beer. Lacing on the sides of the glass.

Roasted caramel with hints of chocolate in the nose.

A tang of carbination gives way to a nice smooth and slippery mouthfeel. Robust enough to warrent the Stout name.

Nice roasted character with a malty, sweet start gives way to a hop bitterness that lingers almost too long, eventually followed by quick hint of alcohol and a warm full finish. My only complaint is a lingering bitterness that may just be a problem because of personal preference.

Not the best or most complex stout I've had, but certainly drinkable and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2005 23:19:24 | More by FirstMan
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Ontario (Canada)

4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light brown head over ultra deep dark ruby-brown liquid. Rich coffee like nose with hints of chocolate, very nice. Velvety mouthfeel has flavors of bitter chocolate, roasty maltiness, more coffee and a lingering hop bitterness. Finishes hoppy and bittersweet, a superb oatmeal stout...among the best out there!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2005 20:04:38 | More by beerluvr
Wolaver's Oatmeal Stout from Otter Creek Brewing / Wolaver's
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